Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

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Set in Boston's National Historical Park, Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major conflict in the American Revolutionary War. Though popularly known as the Battle of Bunker Hill, most of the fighting of June 17, 1775, took place on Breed's Hill, where the monument stands today. You can climb 294 steps to the top of the 67 m (221 ft) granite obelisk to discover far-reaching views of the city. An adjacent lodge with exhibits explains more about the historic battle and houses a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren, a major-general who died during the battle's final assault. Use our Boston road trip planner to arrange your visit to Bunker Hill Monument and other attractions in Boston.
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  • Imposing on top of the hill. Lovely monument. Not much to see besides the actual tower. The guy working there (sorry didn't catch his name) was amazing in explaining so much about the history of the p...  more »
  • Very tiring climbing all 294 steps to the top and then back down again! It was not busy so no problems on the narrow stairs! Nice views from the top. Jelly legs when you get back down to earth.  more »
  • Came here at the end of the freedom trail. Was def worth it. Charlestown is very cute too. The monument is free entry (along with the museum over the road Which also has toilets). 294 steps is a lot b...  more »
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  • 293 steps after a day of walk along the brick line (freedom trail)! The high point of the trail. Maybe we should have started the route at this point (we started at Boston common)! The view is nice, but it was difficult to have the time to appreciate, because the area at the top is narrow, and there were a lot of people (in August). Gardens nearby are pleasant and perfect to take a rest after ;-) If you are not in a hurry, you can spend your time in a small museum at the bottom of the monument.
  • A fantastic monument located walking distance from the T. I take my more athletic out-of-town friends here from Lechmere in Cambridge. Great views and great exercise. Don't forget to visit the excellent museum across the street.
  • One of the nicest parks in the city. It's just grass and history. Great place to kick back and contemplate your existance.
  • What's not to love? A thrilling, dramatic story, a historic location, a statue of the unsung patriot Joseph Warren!! Loved it and my group of 5th grade boys say it's the best part of the Freedom Trail!
  • The talk that the park ranger gave was really good. He made the monument come alive.

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